The Garcha Hotels Northern India Open polo championship is one of the most prestigious events in the itinerary of Delhi’s spring polo season.
With the sunny weather perfect for a day out and the city’s swish set in attendance, Sunday’s final of the competition was a glamorous affair.
It was, however, no match for the excitement on the field, with Jindal Panthers emerging victorious 6-5 against Elevation/EFG. The 20-goal tournament — considered the pinnacle in polo — was a close, tense affair with the lead changing hands many times.
Every one of the six chukkers saw both teams fighting desperately to put the ball through the posts.
Twice, the on-field umpires had to consult the pole judge, before awarding or cancelling a goal.
Argentine Gerardo Mazzini, named player of the match, was brilliant in his ball control and shots but his three goals were not enough to help Elevation win. His fourth goal in the final chukker, with the teams tied 5-5 was cancelled due to infringement.
Immediately after, Dhruvpal Godara got his own fourth goal, and the winner, for Jindal at the other end. Godara, though, was also guilty of missing several chances.
The ball bouncing off the uprooted divots also made it difficult for the riders to score.
The final whistle marked Jindal’s second win over Elevation in the third final between them so far this season.
The result: Jindal Panthers 6 (Dhruvpal Godara 4, Simran Shergill, Lucas Labat) bt Elevation/EFG 5 (Gerardo Mazzini 3, Uday Kalaan, Satinder Garcha).
On-field umpires consult the pole judge in two instances, before awarding or cancelling a goal in the tense final.
On-field umpires consult the pole judge in
two instances, before awarding or cancelling
a goal in the tense final.